President Fitzgibbons gives the State of the University speech

Regis University achieved critical successes in the 2018-19 academic year while “continuing on the path to bring our Ignatian values and Jesuit principles to life,” President John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., said during Ignatian Heritage Day celebrations Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the St. John Francis Regis Chapel.

Assistant Vice President for Mission Kari Kloos kicked off the late morning program while Associate Professor Christopher Pramuk and Fr. Kevin Burke, S.J., vice president of mission, introduced the University’s new mission statement. Fitzgibbons delivered his State of the University address, which was followed by a lunch in St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall.

“How ought we to live?” Fitzgibbons asked the Regis faculty and staff gathered for his address. “Our new mission statement, our Jesuit principles and the spiritual insights of St. Ignatius help to guide our answer to this profound question in our work at Regis University.”

“In a world deeply wounded and deeply divided, there is more passion and fire than ever.  Every action we take is ethical. Every action we take can lift or hurt. Now more than ever, we seek and need the power of a community. How fortunate we are to be members of this Regis University community and stewards of its future.”

The president announced that fiscal 2019 was the second-best fundraising year on record for Regis, with $12.3 million raised. The University community also logged a record number of service hours through efforts such as student service learning projects, employee mission leave and community health care outreach.

Regis also is excelling in postgraduate employment, with 91 percent of 2018 graduates reporting they are employed in an occupation related to their major. Fitzgibbons noted that 97 percent of Regis alumni report they are employed, continuing their education or doing both simultaneously.

The president unveiled plans for a new Athletics center made possible through a $1.4 million gift from trustee Dan Berce and his wife, Annie. In addition, renovations to the University’s Student Center will be completed before fall classes begin, and the DeSmet Hall work is on track.

Fitzgibbons and Burke referenced Pope Francis’ four Universal Apostolic Preferences, shared earlier this year within the Society of Jesus, and how the Regis community can leverage each in new ways. The four areas include discernment and the spiritual exercises, walking with the excluded, caring for our common home and journeying with youth.

“As I shared with our Board of Trustees over the summer, no matter our ministry, we can leverage these four preferences to rethink how we live, how we work and how we relate to the people we serve.”

Goals identified for 2020 include salary increases and growth in fundraising, including bringing University leadership further into the fundraising process. Fitzgibbons hopes to lead the University from “financial stability to growth.”

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